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4 things to do in August
Produce, racing and wine, wine, wine
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Jaemor Farms pickers harvest Loring peaches Monday, July 23, 2018, in one of the farm's peach orchards.

August is stuffed full of peaches, racing and wine, and we’ve got your guide to make the most of it before summer fades.

Here are a few of the finest things we found going on this month:

Jaemor Pop-Up Markets


When: 4-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6

Where: J. A. Walters Family YMCA, 2455 Howard Road, Gainesville


When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27

Where: Northeast Georgia Medical Center North Tower entrance, 743 Spring Street N.E., Gainesville


When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Where: Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Corporate Plaza office building, 3137 Frontage Road, Gainesville

With life returning to its regularly busy state this month, we can all admit that we probably don’t eat as healthy as we should. But Jaemor Farms has found a solution, and the farm is making it more convenient than ever with pop-up markets.

Once a week, Jaemor brings a variety of in-season produce (peaches, zucchini, yellow squash, snap beans, cucumbers and tomatoes) to Gainesville.

Don’t forget to treat yourself: Delicious homemade bread, fried pies, jams, jellies and boiled peanuts will also be available at the market.

Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton

Grape to Glass Painting Class

When: 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4

Where: Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, 100 Rue Charlemagne Drive, Braselton

Cost: $60; ages 21 and up

Everyone could use a little relaxation, and what better way to relax than with wine and adult arts and crafts? Chateau Elan Winery & Resort have partnered with Eye Candy Art Studio for this Grape to Glass painting class.

A wine glass will be provided to attendees, along with paint brushes and acrylic paint. Wine and cheese will also be served throughout the evening.

Over the course of 90 minutes, a skilled instructor from Eye Candy Studios will be on hand to guide you as you create your wine glass masterpiece. Not an artist yourself? Don’t worry, all skill levels are welcome.

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Local drifter, Emmett Ashe, of team Top Garage exits the Turn 10 “horseshoe” during the 2016 Gridlife South at Road Atlanta. - photo by Kaylee Martin

Gridlife South 2018 - Music & Motorsports Festival

When: Aug. 24-26

Where: Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton

Cost: $65 for 3 day general admission; VIP tickets, single day tickets and camping are also available

You can find fast cars and loud music at Gridlife South at Road Atlanta this month.

What’s known in the car community as “Forza Horizon in real life,” the three-day festival will include plenty of on-track action with full course drifting, time-attack racing, and HPDE (that’s high performance driver education) around Road Atlanta’s famous course. Local grassroots drivers will have the opportunity to drive against professionals, all in good fun.

Off track, the party doesn’t stop. Camping will be available, several car shows will take place over the weekend, and hundreds of vendors will be on hand with all sorts of automotive related merchandise and information — but, of course, who could forget the AfterGrid concerts on Friday and Saturday night, with Slander and Joyryde as headliners.

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Janice Harris from Boston, right, and her daughter Julie Colton from Smyrna enjoy crushing grapes for their second year in a row at the 2017 Crush Fest at Yonah Mountain Vineyards.

Crush Fest Wine & Food Festival 2018

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25

Where: Yonah Mountain Vineyards, 1717 Highway 255 S, Cleveland

Cost: $40 per person, $35 for wine club members and includes general admission, four 3-ounce wine tastings and a souvenir wine glass; $25 general admission without the wine tastings; children 16 and younger are free

As if the Grape to Glass painting class at Chateau Elan didn’t satisfy your wine craving, you’ll have another chance to get your fill at Yonah Mountain Vineyard’s eighth Crush Fest Wine & Food Festival.

As the name implies, attendees will have a “smashing” good time at this event — especially while crushing grapes barefoot while winery owners Bob and Jane Miller play some live guitar and accordion tunes. More than 5,000 visitors come for the festival each year.

In addition to the barefoot grape smashing, there will be plenty of opportunities to sample numerous wines, including a few new releases. Listen to more than 10 regional and national musicians including the Crush Fest Drumline and the Atlanta Pipe Band while browsing the vendors and enjoying food from Georgia food trucks.

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